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The Emperor of the Moon

The Emperor of the Moon

"This production is a hoot-and-a-half with its larger-than-life characters, tongue-in-cheek line delivery, vigorous staging and very talented actors who are obviously enjoying themselves." - Berkshire on Stage

"There is music, dancing, a parody of the Broadway hip-hop musical, "Hamilton," comedy in language and the rougher comedy of pratfalls and slapstick and for 75 minutes you just listen and watch -- when you can -- and laugh until your head aches with it." - J. Peter Bergman, Edge Media

When love strikes, chaos ensues and a coup of astronomic proportions results. Sisters, suitors, servants, and a father obsessed with the moon set the stage for a stellar farce performed under the open-air tent. Ware's fast-paced, family-friendly adaptation of Aphra Behn’s Restoration comedy, based in Commedia dell'Arte, offers audiences of every age a hearty dose of mayhem, music and merriment.

Photos & Videos

Dara Silverman. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Marcus Kearns and Gregory Boover. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Caroline Calkins, Marcus Kearns, Caitlin Kraft. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Lori Evans and Kaileela Hobby. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Marcus Kearns. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Concetta Russo and Ashton Muniz. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Artists

Caroline Calkins

Caroline Calkins

(Elaria) seventh season (Director of Riotous Youth; Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). S&Co: Elaria, The Emperor of the Moon, Katherine/Boy, Henry V; NE Regional Tour of Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth, Celie, Les Faux Pas; Ensemble, King Lear; Columbina, The Venetian Twins; SLaW. Caroline teaches in more(Elaria) seventh season (Director of Riotous Youth; Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). S&Co: Elaria, The Emperor of the Moon, Katherine/Boy, Henry V; NE Regional Tour of Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth, Celie, Les Faux Pas; Ensemble, King Lear; Columbina, The Venetian Twins; SLaW. Caroline teaches in S&Co’s Education Program and has directed for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, 2011-16. BA: Brown University. Other training: NTI, SITI Company.

Lori Evans

Lori Evans

(Doctor) Third season with S&Co: Frank, Private Eyes; Shakespeare & the Language that Shaped a World; Fall Festival of Shakespeare Director (2013-2015). Regional: Dionyza, Pericles; Mistress Ford, Merry Wives of Windsor; Lady Capulet, Romeo & Juliet; Biondello, Taming of the Shrew; multiple roles, Julius Caesar; multiple roles, The Beautiful Things more(Doctor) Third season with S&Co: Frank, Private Eyes; Shakespeare & the Language that Shaped a World; Fall Festival of Shakespeare Director (2013-2015). Regional: Dionyza, Pericles; Mistress Ford, Merry Wives of Windsor; Lady Capulet, Romeo & Juliet; Biondello, Taming of the Shrew; multiple roles, Julius Caesar; multiple roles, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears; Alice, Iris; Sandrine, Gayle, Hope, Almost Maine; Cinderella’s Mother, Into the Woods; White Rabbit/Dormouse, Wonderland. BA in Drama: University of WA.

Colin Gold

Colin Gold

(Don Charmonte) S&Co: Malcolm/ Murderer/ Witch Macbeth; Claudius/Ghost Hamlet. Theatre credits include: Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Christmas Carol & You Can't Take It With You (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); also Winnipesaukee Playhouse and The Royal Theatre of Bath (UK). TV/Film: Mysteries of the Castle; Blood Feuds; Occupation: Hunter. Training: more(Don Charmonte) S&Co: Malcolm/ Murderer/ Witch Macbeth; Claudius/Ghost Hamlet. Theatre credits include: Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Christmas Carol & You Can't Take It With You (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); also Winnipesaukee Playhouse and The Royal Theatre of Bath (UK). TV/Film: Mysteries of the Castle; Blood Feuds; Occupation: Hunter. Training: Masters in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Kaileela Hobby

Kaileela Hobby

(Peter) Second season with S&Co: Lady Macbeth/Ross/Witch, NE Tour of Macbeth. Co-director, Fall Festival of Shakespeare (Lee High School, 2015); Tybalt/Lady Capulet/Peter/Sister Joan, NE Tour of Romeo and Juliet). Favorite Regional and NYC credits include: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet; Bianca, Taming of the Shrew (Adirondack Shakespeare Company); Benvolio, Romeo more(Peter) Second season with S&Co: Lady Macbeth/Ross/Witch, NE Tour of Macbeth. Co-director, Fall Festival of Shakespeare (Lee High School, 2015); Tybalt/Lady Capulet/Peter/Sister Joan, NE Tour of Romeo and Juliet). Favorite Regional and NYC credits include: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet; Bianca, Taming of the Shrew (Adirondack Shakespeare Company); Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet and Harlequin, The Triumph of Love (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey NSE tour); Joan, Mother of the Maid; Lis, Out of Orbit (Berkshire Playwrights Lab); Laertes, The Ghost (Bottoms Dream); Cinderella, Cinderella (Galli Children’s Theatre).

Marcus Kearns

Marcus Kearns

(Harlequin) Sixth season with S&Co: Macbeth/Murderer, Northeast Regional Tour Macbeth; Adrian, Private Eyes; Romeo/Peter, Northeast Regional Tour Romeo and Juliet; Kinesis, Lysistrata; Andres, Les Faux Pas; Marcus, SLaW; Philiste, The Liar. Broadway Carpentry: Allegiance, On the 20th Century, Something Rotten!, Finding Neverland. Regional Carpentry: Private Eyes, Mother Courage, Beauty Queen more(Harlequin) Sixth season with S&Co: Macbeth/Murderer, Northeast Regional Tour Macbeth; Adrian, Private Eyes; Romeo/Peter, Northeast Regional Tour Romeo and Juliet; Kinesis, Lysistrata; Andres, Les Faux Pas; Marcus, SLaW; Philiste, The Liar. Broadway Carpentry: Allegiance, On the 20th Century, Something Rotten!, Finding Neverland. Regional Carpentry: Private Eyes, Mother Courage, Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Tempest. Training: Clown Intensive 2013 S&Co: Month-long Intensive 2012 (Franklin Pierce University).

Caitlin Kraft

Caitlin Kraft

(Mopsophil) Fifth season with S&Co: Smeraldina, The Servant of Two Masters; Elmire, Tartuffe; Pisanio, Cymbeline; Beatrice/Lady Anne/Cleopatra, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World. Proudly been an Education Artist with the company since 2012. Training: Shakespeare & Company; BA from Roger Williams University. more(Mopsophil) Fifth season with S&Co: Smeraldina, The Servant of Two Masters; Elmire, Tartuffe; Pisanio, Cymbeline; Beatrice/Lady Anne/Cleopatra, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World. Proudly been an Education Artist with the company since 2012. Training: Shakespeare & Company; BA from Roger Williams University.

Zoë Laiz

Zoë Laiz

(Bellemante) Sixth season. Zoë is a Berkshire native and a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. She most recently appeared at Shakespeare &Company as Bellemante in Emperor of the Moon and Olivia/Antonia in Twelfth Night. Other S&Co credits include: Northeast Regional Tour of Macbeth (Witch/ Lady more(Bellemante) Sixth season. Zoë is a Berkshire native and a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. She most recently appeared at Shakespeare &Company as Bellemante in Emperor of the Moon and Olivia/Antonia in Twelfth Night. Other S&Co credits include: Northeast Regional Tour of Macbeth (Witch/ Lady Macduff/ Lennox), Shakespeare & The Language That Shaped A World (Ensemble), Richard III (Young Elizabeth). WAM Theatre: The Oregon Trail (Jane), Water By The Spoonful (Orangutan). Stella Adler Studio: Top Girls (Angie), All’s Well That Ends Well (Lavatch). zoelaiz.com

Conor Seamus Moroney

Conor Seamus Moroney

(Don Cintio) Third season with S&Co: Banquo/Porter, Macbeth '16 Schools Tour; Benvolio/Paris/Prince, Romeo and Juliet; Cleante, Tartuffe; Fall Festival Director 2009-2013; Regional: Orsino, Twelfth Night; Andrew Ralley, I Hate Hamlet; Antony, Julius Caesar; (Advice to the Players); Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps (Firehouse Center for the Arts); Don Pedro, Much more(Don Cintio) Third season with S&Co: Banquo/Porter, Macbeth '16 Schools Tour; Benvolio/Paris/Prince, Romeo and Juliet; Cleante, Tartuffe; Fall Festival Director 2009-2013; Regional: Orsino, Twelfth Night; Andrew Ralley, I Hate Hamlet; Antony, Julius Caesar; (Advice to the Players); Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps (Firehouse Center for the Arts); Don Pedro, Much Ado About Nothing (Arts After Hours). Training: BA from MCLA, Shakespeare & Company STI '10, The Barrow Group.

Ashton  Muñiz

Ashton Muñiz

(Ferdinand) Premiere season with S&Co. Ashton is an actor, artist, and activist based in NYC. NY credits include On False Tears and Outsourcing (New Museum), Caenis (Pace Gallery), as a resident actor at The Flea-Take Care (dir. Nigel Smith), The Blind, and Madhouse. Other recent credits include Romeo and Juliet(Benvolio), more(Ferdinand) Premiere season with S&Co. Ashton is an actor, artist, and activist based in NYC. NY credits include On False Tears and Outsourcing (New Museum), Caenis (Pace Gallery), as a resident actor at The Flea-Take Care (dir. Nigel Smith), The Blind, and Madhouse. Other recent credits include Romeo and Juliet(Benvolio), Generation Y (Micheal), Eyes Closed (Dreamer). Ashton is a co-founder and the Artistic Development Director for nocturne productions. Training: Ithaca College, Moscow Arts Theatre School (MXAT/NTI), S&Co-Young Company. Instagram/Twitter: @arshton

Concetta Russo

Concetta Russo

(Florinda) Third season with S&Co: Gertrude/Gravedigger Hamlet 2015 Northeast Tour (Mount); Pantalone, Servant of Two Masters (2014); Feste, Twelfth Night (UMass Amherst). Concetta holds a BA in acting from UMass Amherst and is a S&Co STI Alumna (2010). Concetta also works as an education artist and costumer. Many thanks to more(Florinda) Third season with S&Co: Gertrude/Gravedigger Hamlet 2015 Northeast Tour (Mount); Pantalone, Servant of Two Masters (2014); Feste, Twelfth Night (UMass Amherst). Concetta holds a BA in acting from UMass Amherst and is a S&Co STI Alumna (2010). Concetta also works as an education artist and costumer. Many thanks to family and friends. Pace e Amore.

Dara Silverman

Dara Silverman

(Dara)

second season (A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Riotous Youth Staff) S&Co: Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Emperor of the Moon (Dara/Cupid). Regional: The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Young Playwrights Festival. Dara is a three time director in Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare, and

more(Dara)

second season (A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Riotous Youth Staff) S&Co: Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Emperor of the Moon (Dara/Cupid). Regional: The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Young Playwrights Festival. Dara is a three time director in Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare, and twice in Albany High School’s Promising Playwrights Festival. She has taught in school residencies through S&Co, Capital Repertory Theatre, and Proctors. Dara is a graduate of The National Theater Institute (2011), Skidmore College’s Theater Department (2013), and The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company (2013).

Jenna Ware

(Director) Twenty-third season with S&Co. Director: Henry V, The Servant of Two Masters, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Les Faux Pas or the Counter Plots; The Venetian Twins, Red Hot Patriot, Amorous Quarrel, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Shirley Valentine, The Henry VI Chronicles, more(Director) Twenty-third season with S&Co. Director: Henry V, The Servant of Two Masters, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Les Faux Pas or the Counter Plots; The Venetian Twins, Red Hot Patriot, Amorous Quarrel, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Shirley Valentine, The Henry VI Chronicles, Macbeth Tour. Jenna has directed over 40 productions for S&Co’s Education Program and is the founder of Shakespeare & Young Company. Jenna served as a reviewer for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities ‘Coming Up Taller’ award and the MCC Youth Reach grants. Education: BFA from NYU/Tisch.

"There is music, dancing, a parody of the Broadway hip-hop musical, "Hamilton," comedy in language and the rougher comedy of pratfalls and slapstick and for 75 minutes you just listen and watch -- when you can -- and laugh until your head aches with it."

– J. Peter Bergman, Edge Media

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